UPDATE: the Detu F4 Plus’ price has been announced at $2600 (excluding rigs). See also new sample photos below.
At IFA Berlin 2017, Detu announced a new professional camera, the Detu F4 Plus, an 8K 360 camera. Here are its specifications and features.
Detu is a Shenzhen-based company that has a line of 360 cameras ranging from the hemispherical Detu Sphere 800 ad Sphere S, the fully spherical Twin, and the prosumer Detu F4 with 6K video. Detu is now expanding its line with the F4 Plus, which appears to be a renamed version of the F4 Pro (it’s also possible that the F4 Pro is a still-higher model).
I first saw the Detu F4 Plus at CES 2017 (that’s where these photos are from). Back then, it was called the Detu F4 Pro, and Detu representatives would not reveal anything about it at all. The only thing we knew was that it had four lenses, and presumably had higher image quality than the Detu F4.
Detu finally revealed the specifications at IFA Berlin:
– four 200 degree lenses
– f/2.2 aperture
– field of view: fully spherical
– four 12mp Sony IMX117 CMOS sensors
– video resolution: up to 8K (7680 x 3840) @ 30 FPS
– photo resolution: 7680 x 3840
– live streaming via ethernet or wi-fi
– 2.4 G and 5G dual band WIFI design for faster transmission speed, stronger anti-interference ability
– remote app with live preview
– 4800 mah battery with 2 hour battery life
– Dimensions: 185 x 105 x 105mm
– Weight: 1.17 kg
The Sony IMX117 sensor is the one used in the GoPro Hero4 Black and some other action cameras. While it might not be a cutting edge sensor, I’m expecting decent performance, although probably not as good as that of the GoPro Omni (which is also 8K but has six GoPro Hero4 cameras).
Another feature is that it is designed for long recording times. It has an aluminum body and cooling vents to help radiate heat.
Detu F4 Plus Sample Photos
Here are official sample photos from the F4 Plus in various conditions: indoors, outdoors, and in low light.
Detu F4 Plus Price
The F4 Plus will be $2600. By comparison, Detu F4 is around $1600. At $2600, the F4 Plus is now the lowest cost 8K all-in-one 360 camera. I also don’t know yet if it includes stitching software. Here is the official page.